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This started when I got a load of 775 and 771 Xeon CPU's for cheap, on average they cost me £3 each.

So I got a few old 775 mobo's, some cheapo GPU's (the one I'm using in this build was won for £10 off ebay as untested but works fine) and some 1GB sticks of DDR2.

I had a zalman cooler and a crappy CiT PSU laying around so used those, got a few 250-320 GB HHD's for dirt cheap.

I put this one together on my home made test bench to see what kind of performance I could get, I used Tomb Raider to test the different GPU's out (6870's and 460's) and they perform great for the money, around 35-55 FPS on a mix of medium and high @1080p.

Really pleased with the price to performance of this ghetto test build, I'm gonna get some cheapo cases and make a few really budget gaming PC's out of it all, but I need to mod some of the Xeons and mobo's as most of them are 771, the x3220 in this one is 775.

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  • 47 months ago
  • 6 points

if it's stupid and works, then its not stupid.

+1 for lolz. Also it's crazy how cheap you can get old xeons for.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

That cooler is amazing O_O

+1

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

I find it completely awesome that I'm using that same cooler currently to cool my i7 3930k @4.2Ghz, and its on this cheap build...Zalman made a winner when they created this one.

  • 44 months ago
  • 1 point

Agreed.

  • 47 months ago
  • 3 points

Nobody ever disliked a build like this.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Is that positive pressure or nah?

jks, this is pretty cool+1 :D

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

Haha you deserve a medal for this.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

This is actually really good. That price is downright cheap.

  • 47 months ago
  • 2 points

That's pretty nice!! I saw video by Linus who did a similar thing with dual old Xeons and a server LGA 775 motherboard, and it was actually a semi good gaming machine.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

Yeah I was thinking of doing something like that with 2 e5440 xeons I have. The ecc memory tends to be cheaper than normal ddr2 as well and the boards normally have 8 dimm slots so you can use low capacity modules.....Just need to find a board that doesn't have stupid proprietary power connections etc.

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Actually it was an LGA 771 motherboard. The 775 socket needs the Xeon to be modded.

  • 47 months ago
  • 1 point

This is awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • 46 months ago
  • 1 point

Lol badass. +1

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